case·load | \ ˈkās-ˌlōd \

Definition of caseload 

: the number of cases handled (as by a court or clinic) usually in a particular period

Examples of caseload in a Sentence

We have a heavy caseload today.

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Breitbart News, among the media's most Trump-friendly outlets, has portrayed Avenatti's expanding caseload as a ploy to stay relevant. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Michael Avenatti, now representing separated migrant families, denies he’s chasing the limelight," 21 June 2018 Indiana has more children in its child welfare system than any surrounding state, and some caseworkers have caseloads that exceed standards. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Holcomb dedicates $25 million from state's surplus to help DCS after six-month review," 18 June 2018 Nearly 45 percent of family case managers have caseloads that are greater than the standard set by state law. Brian Slodysko, Post-Tribune, "Holcomb pledges action on 'culture of fear' at Indiana DCS," 18 June 2018 The state Office of Children's Services experienced a 50 percent spike in caseloads in the five years leading up to 2017, while its workforce did not keep up. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska lawmakers say they’re still on track to finish soon," 10 May 2018 Calls spike at 5pm on Fridays, when social workers hand over their caseloads. The Economist, "A blurred blue line for cops," 21 June 2018 The trustees attribute that improvement to a steady decline in disability caseload and new applications dating back to 2010. Michael Hiltzik,, "Social Security and Medicare trustees confirm: GOP policies have hurt both programs," 5 June 2018 The high caseloads and low funding of the Missouri public defender system have drawn criticism for years. Ian Cummings, kansascity, "‘I feel like I'm helpless’: Woman reacts to murder charge in Clinton officer's death | The Kansas City Star," 15 Mar. 2018 On Monday, the court will try to curb the caseload by assigning a judge to oversee misdemeanor immigration cases and holding large, group hearings that critics call assembly-line justice. Elliot Spagat, Houston Chronicle, "California, long a holdout, adopts mass immigration hearings," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of caseload

1923, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of caseload

: the number or amount of cases handled by a court, social worker, etc.


case·load | \ ˈkās-ˌlōd \

Medical Definition of caseload 

: the number of cases handled (as by a clinic) in a particular period


case·load | \ ˈkās-ˌlōd \

Legal Definition of caseload 

: the number of cases handled (as by a court or a lawyer) often in a particular period

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